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Kanji Learning Today: Online 1 (Demo)

Introduction

Tap a link in the Table of Contents below to start practicing kanji.

See the section below the Table of Contents for a description of the Kanji Learning Today method.

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Year 1    4 sets, 80 kanji    —    Hiragana Version

Yr 1 St 1 Practice Yr 1 St 1 Test Yr 1 St 1 Special Yr 1 St 1 Example Yr 1 St 1 Desc
Yr 1 St 2 Practice Yr 1 St 2 Test Yr 1 St 2 Special Yr 1 St 2 Example Yr 1 St 2 Desc
Yr 1 St 3 Practice Yr 1 St 3 Test Yr 1 St 3 Special Yr 1 St 3 Example Yr 1 St 3 Desc
Yr 1 St 4 Practice Yr 1 St 4 Test Yr 1 St 4 Special Yr 1 St 4 Example Yr 1 St 4 Desc
Year 1 Full-Year Test

Year 1    4 sets, 80 kanji    —    Romaji (English letters) Version

Yr 1 St 1 Practice Yr 1 St 1 Test Yr 1 St 1 Special Yr 1 St 1 Example Yr 1 St 1 Desc
Yr 1 St 2 Practice Yr 1 St 2 Test Yr 1 St 2 Special Yr 1 St 2 Example Yr 1 St 2 Desc
Yr 1 St 3 Practice Yr 1 St 3 Test Yr 1 St 3 Special Yr 1 St 3 Example Yr 1 St 3 Desc
Yr 1 St 4 Practice Yr 1 St 4 Test Yr 1 St 4 Special Yr 1 St 4 Example Yr 1 St 4 Desc
Year 1 Full-Year Test

How-to-Use Video

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Appearance of Online Practice

hiragana miru

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romaji miru

Description

Kanji Learning Today: Online 1 is an interactive medium for learning kanji, the characters used in writing the Japanese language.

Each page within a single Year presents links at the bottom of the page to give the user options about what to study next. After covering all sets for a year, the learner can take the Full Year Test, which is in random order.

Each page gives 20 kanji, called a "Set." This is an ideal amount for rapid review and it matches the amount of kanji on the corresponding workbook page. The kanji of each Year are placed in 50-on order (a hiragana alphabetical order), so each set presents the next group of 20 in the sequence.

Each set has a page for Practice, Test, Special, Example, and Description.

The Practice page allows practice of each Joyo List reading (pronunciation) for the kanji in the set. The Joyo List is a list of readings specified as "common" by the Ministry of Education in Japan; they are taught in schools.

The Test page gives a multiple choice test for each reading that was on the corresponding Practice page.

The Special page gives readings that are not specified by the Joyo List, and therefore are not on the Practice page, but are nevertheless associated with the kanji. Many Special readings are important.

The Example page presents 2 example words for every kanji. These are common words, and, when possible, they have been selected to give two different readings of the kanji.

The Description page presents the "elements" that comprise the kanji as well as a brief illustrative explanation of the pictographic meaning. Kanji Learning Today: Online 2 and Kanji Learning Today: Online 3 give only the elements.

Kanji Learning Today: Workbook 1 (Demo)

Download Kanji Learning Today: Workbook Hiragana for additional practice.

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General Introduction to Kanji

Kanji are the characters used for writing the Japanese language. The kanji characters are used with hiragana and katakana, depending on the words being written.

Each kanji has a basic meaning as well as one or more ways to pronounce the character. The pronunciation of the kanji is called a "reading," and the reading is expressed in hiragana when there is a need to elucidate the pronunciation. Therefore Kanji Learning Today presents the readings in hiragana, for both "on" readings (derived from Chinese) and "kun" readings (native Japanese).

In addition, many Japanese words have okurigana, which is one or more hiragana characters that follow the kanji in order to form the word. These are often seen with verbs, such as 走る. In this example, 走 is the kanji with the reading はし (hashi when given in romaji rather than hiragana), and る is the okurigana (ru when given in romaji). So the entire word is pronounced はしる (hashiru), meaning "to run." In Kanji Learning Today, the Reading cell presents the okurigana with an underline so that the reading for the kanji and the reading for the okurigana will be clearly shown. With the above example, the kanji is 走, the Presentation cell shows 走る as one word written with this kanji, and the Reading cell shows はし to give the pronunciation of the entire word.

The term "Year" refers to a grade level. The kanji in Year 1 are the characters taught in Japanese schools in the first grade. The kanji in Year 2 are the characters taught in the second grade, and so on. Studying in this order helps the learner to gain a reading ability that parallels the progress of a student in a Japanese school. In turn, the steadily expanding reading ability can be applied to reading books and other materials written for corresponding grade level.

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Kanji Learning Today: Workbook 1 (Demo) Download
Kanji Learning Today: Online Hiragana
Kanji Learning Today: Online Katakana

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